• WordNet 3.6
    • v discourse talk at length and formally about a topic "The speaker dissertated about the social politics in 18th century England"
    • v discourse carry on a conversation
    • v discourse to consider or examine in speech or writing "The author talks about the different aspects of this question","The class discussed Dante's `Inferno'"
    • n discourse extended verbal expression in speech or writing
    • n discourse an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic "the book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic","his treatment of the race question is badly biased"
    • n discourse an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Discourse Consecutive speech, either written or unwritten, on a given line of thought; speech; treatise; dissertation; sermon, etc.; as, the preacher gave us a long discourse on duty.
    • Discourse Conversation; talk. "In their discourses after supper.""Filling the head with variety of thoughts, and the mouth with copious discourse ."
    • Discourse Dealing; transaction. "Good Captain Bessus, tell us the discourse Betwixt Tigranes and our king, and how
      We got the victory."
    • Discourse The art and manner of speaking and conversing. "Of excellent breeding, admirable discourse ."
    • Discourse The power of the mind to reason or infer by running, as it were, from one fact or reason to another, and deriving a conclusion; an exercise or act of this power; reasoning; range of reasoning faculty. "Difficult, strange, and harsh to the discourses of natural reason.""Sure he that made us with such large discourse ,
      Looking before and after, gave us not
      That capability and godlike reason
      To fust in us unused."
    • Discourse To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason. "Have sense or can discourse ."
    • Discourse To express one's self in oral discourse; to expose one's views; to talk in a continuous or formal manner; to hold forth; to speak; to converse. "Bid me discourse , I will enchant thine ear."
    • Discourse To relate something; to tell.
    • Discourse To talk to; to confer with. "I have spoken to my brother, who is the patron, to discourse the minister about it."
    • Discourse To treat of something in writing and formally.
    • Discourse To treat of; to expose or set forth in language. "The life of William Tyndale . . . is sufficiently and at large discoursed in the book."
    • Discourse To utter or give forth; to speak. "It will discourse most eloquent music."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n discourse A running over a subject in speech; hence, a communication of thoughts by words; expression of ideas; mutual intercourse; talk; conversation.
    • n discourse A running over in the mind of premises and deducing of conclusions; the exercise of, or an act of exercising, the logical or reasoning faculty; hence, the power of reasoning from premises; rationality.
    • n discourse A formal discussion or treatment of a subjeet; a dissertation, treatise, homily, sermon, or the like: as, the discourse of Plutarch on garrulity, of Cicero on old age; an eloquent discourse.
    • n discourse Debate; contention; strife.
    • n discourse Intercourse; dealing; transaction.
    • discourse To hold discourse; communicate thoughts or ideas orally, especially in a formal manner; treat in a set manner; hold forth; expatiate; converse: as, to discourse on the properties of the circle; the preacher discoursed on the nature and effect of faith.
    • discourse To treat of or discuss a subject in a formal manner in writing.
    • discourse To narrate; give a relation; tell.
    • discourse To reason; argue from premises to consequences.
    • discourse To treat of; talk over; discuss.
    • discourse To utter or give forth.
    • discourse To talk or confer with.
    • n discourse That sort of mental operation, performed by one person or by several, in which a line of thought is followed out. In either case, it is conducted by signs which are in part general, or typical, in their own mode of being, usually ordinary language; in part diagrams or other iconic signs; and in part indices, such as individual signs representing the typical signs. A sign in functioning as such must be interpreted, or be translated into thought signs, and must be addressed to some interpreter. In the case of inward discourse, the person alternately places himself in different attitudes of mind, and addresses the self of a moment later. Discourse, in this sense, is not, like that of 2, restricted to ratiocination. G. F. Stout, Analyt. Psychol., I. 87.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Discourse dis-kōrs′ speech or language generally: conversation: the reasoning faculty: a treatise: a sermon
    • v.i Discourse to talk or converse: to reason: to treat formally
    • v.t Discourse to utter or give forth
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  • Diogenes of Sinope
    Diogenes of Sinope
    “Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves, whistle and dance the shimmy, and you've got an audience.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.”
  • John Locke
    “There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.”
  • Johann Georg Zimmermann
    Johann Georg Zimmermann
    “A moral lesson is better expressed in short sayings than in long discourse.”
  • Roland Barthes
    “I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. discursus, a running to and fro, discourse, fr. discurrere, discursum, to run to and fro, to discourse; dis-, + currere, to run: cf. F. discours,. See Course


In literature:

This is a very valuable and instructive discourse.
"A Disquisition on the Evils of Using Tobacco" by Orin Fowler
Is she listening to a discourse?
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
The word 'atoms' has been more than once employed in this discourse.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Ralegh combated the scheme in two Discourses, printed long after his death.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
I should have mentioned her before, only I wanted to know what you had to say to me; and when we got into discourse, I forgot her.
"The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'" by George Borrow
The long discourses she putteth in, touching all manner of dreary matters!
"Joyce Morrell's Harvest" by Emily Sarah Holt
Emerson has written a discourse on friendship.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
After fully discoursing of these different arrangements, the company retired.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
His discourse is substance, not all rhetoric, and he utters more things than words.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
He will keep the discourse of the men of renown, and will enter in amidst the subtilties of parables.
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
We must not suffer you to make discourses here.
"State Trials, Political and Social" by Various
The effect which Barere's discourses at one time produced is not to be wholly attributed to the perversion of the national taste.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Five Forms of Discourse.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
He had many gracious discourses, as also some wrestling and exercise of mind.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
It is unnecessary that I should further discourse on these topics.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Varied discourse and a meal in a Strand eating-house filled up the hours till nine o'clock.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
My sisters are not sworn enemies to this kind of discourse.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Emmons sometimes laid off his common utterances like the heads of a discourse.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
If I forget the tenor of our discourse I have not forgotten the immense impression made upon me by the man.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
There was a little awkwardness at first in their discourse on another subject.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen

In poetry:

Then, settling into fond discourse,
We rested in the garden bower;
While sweetly shone the evening sun
In his departing hour.
"The Mother's Return" by William Wordsworth
That Nature gives her handmaid, Art,
The themes of sweet discoursing;
The tender idyls of the heart
In every tongue rehearsing.
"Burns" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Mind therefore what I treat on here,
Yea, mind and weigh it well;
'Tis death and judgment, and a clear
Discourse of heaven and hell.
"An Introduction To The Ensuing Discourse." by John Bunyan
But not the less our Shakespeare knew
Another way; by full discourse
To show his picture as it grew,
Worked out in many-sided force.
"On Reading Mr. Theodore Watt’s Sonnet, ‘The Sonnet’s Voice’" by William Bell Scott
Melodious leisure, learnëd shelf,
Discourse of earnest, temperate mind,
The playful wit that of itself
Flashes, but leaves no wound behind;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Till I was hoarse
Might I discourse
Upon the cruelties of Venus;
'T were waste of time
As well of rhyme,
For you've been there yourself, Maecenas!
"A Tardy Apology" by Eugene Field

In news:

CNN Elevates Discourse, Tackles Question of Edwards ' Good Looks.
Newt Gingrich appeared on Meet the Press Sunday morning, and offered an arresting discourse on the Todd Akin controversy, media double standards, and the abortion extremism of the Democrat Party.
Concern about income inequality and the huge and growing wealth gap in this country has found new energy in our political discourse of late.
Back in 2010, self-styled deficit hawks -- better described as deficit scolds -- took over much of our political discourse.
When we see what’s happening with the national discourse on democracy, we are tempted to cynicism.
Hey , you jerk — can't we have a civil discourse.
That's taking the concept of politically correct hyper- tolerance to such absurd extremes that it makes discourse, and perhaps even rational thought, impossible.
NBA Commissioner's Discourse with Jim Rome Both Disappointing and Hypocritical .
Today's moviegoers are engaged in an online discourse regarding the interior designs and landscapes that serve as the homes in some of their favorite films.
Bill Ivey, former National Endowment for the Arts chair, says he sees a crisis in our culture where public discourse no longer includes argument over values or why we do what we do as Americans.
What will political discourse under the next administration look like.
Inequality has become a prominent subject of editorials and social discourse.
Intelligent discourse disrupted by Joe Biden.
I view the editorial cartoon in today's Empire as an irresponsible example of all that is wrong with political discourse in America today.
The public and Web is hot in debate and discourse in the aftermath of a Chick-fil-A controversy.

In science:

Furthermore, since we rarely have more than 5 discourse segments in a sentence, usually we create between 1 and 31 candidates, this, dramatically reduces the solution space given that k << n.
Sentence Compression in Spanish driven by Discourse Segmentation and Language Models
In this work we have introduced the concept of Sentence Compression driven by Discourse Segmentation and Language Models.
Sentence Compression in Spanish driven by Discourse Segmentation and Language Models
Discourse segmentation for spanish based on shallow parsing.
Sentence Compression in Spanish driven by Discourse Segmentation and Language Models
Sentence level discourse parsing using syntactic and lexical information.
Sentence Compression in Spanish driven by Discourse Segmentation and Language Models
Discourse chunking and its application to sentence compression.
Sentence Compression in Spanish driven by Discourse Segmentation and Language Models
The NLG approach allows a documentation text to be dynamically tailored to the context (e.g., the user’s task, the user’s expertise level, and the discourse history).
Automatic Generation of Technical Documentation
Discourse: This told the system what ob jects were salient and hence could be referred to by simple noun phrases; this follows a much simplified version of the discourse model proposed by [Grosz and Sidner, 1986].
Automatic Generation of Technical Documentation
Response 3 was produced by clicking on test head in Response 1, and selecting Whatis-it from a pop-up menu of basic questions; this response was generated using the same user-task, user-expertise, and discourse-in-focus question-space components as Response 1.
Automatic Generation of Technical Documentation
The initial query can be textually represented as What is the lever?, but is represented internally as a Whatis-it query about the test-head’s locking-lever under the context of an Operations task undertaken by a Skilled user; the default discourse context is used.
Automatic Generation of Technical Documentation
Following this research and incorporating some ideas of our own, we built into idas separate user-task, user-expertise, and discourse models; as a result, in some cases perhaps 50 different responses could potentially be produced for one query, depending on the value of these contextual parameters.
Automatic Generation of Technical Documentation
Attention, intention, and the structure of discourse.
Automatic Generation of Technical Documentation
A discourse strategy is a strategy for communicating with another agent.
Discourse and Deliberation: Testing a Collaborative Strategy
Section 3 describes a new method for testing hypotheses about effective discourse strategies in dialogue.
Discourse and Deliberation: Testing a Collaborative Strategy
Design-World agents can be parametrized as to discourse strategy, and the effects of this strategy can be measured against a range of cognitive and task parameters.
Discourse and Deliberation: Testing a Collaborative Strategy
Varying Discourse Strategies The Design-World experiments reported here compare the All-Implicit strategy with the Explicit-Warrant strategy.
Discourse and Deliberation: Testing a Collaborative Strategy